Day 8 – SRI VARI SALAKATLA BRAHMOTSAVAM – RATHOTSAVAM ON OCT 3
TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS
DAY 8 OF SRIVARI SALAKATLA BRAHMOTSAVAM- RATHOTSAVAM
Tirumala, 3 October 2014: On the penultimate day of Srivari Salakatla Brahmotsavam, on the eighth day, the Malayapaswamy along with His consorts is seated on a high pedestal throne and is taken on a procession around the four- mada streets on a wooden chariot which is over 35- feet tall.
The Rathotsavam festival is a highly emotional event known for the flow of bhakti sangeet, keertans, bhajans and full pitched rendering by the devotees who accompany the procession of the deity. The Rathotsavam of Tirumala is ignificant for its salient features. It is dragged by devotees and temple staff with the help of secure four inch thick jute ropes all along the thiru mada streets surrounding the temple shrine. The Rathotsavam has a special spiritual message embedded in the Kathopanishad which compared it to blending of the soul with the body.The saint poet Annamacharya says that divine being that was an embodiment of all living things, was thus dragging his own chariot.
Specified Authority Chairman Sri Jagadish Chandra Sharma, Executive Officer Sri Sri M.G.Gopal, Joint Executive Officers Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Sri Pola Bhaskar, CV&SO Sri G Srinivas, ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, DyEO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam, Parpathyedar Sri Ajay and others were present.
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ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TTDs TIRUPATI